NEW SOUTH WALES IN A few seconds all are gone, and the soldiers
rush out as numerous and as vindictive as before. On finding no enemy they return again leisurely into the hill ; and very soon after, the labourers appear loaded as at first, as busy and vigilant as before, with soldiers here and there among them, who act just in the same manner, one or other of them giving the signal to hasten the business. Thus the pleasure of seeing them come out to fight or to work, alternately, maybe obtained as often as curiosity excites, or time permits; and it will certainly be found, that the one or- der never attempts to fight, nor the other to work, let the emergency be ever so great." But as these ants are sometimes the instru- ments of destruction to others, so, on the contrary, they are also the objects of prey to the creature called the ant bear, who feeds upon them; and as his tongue, which resembles a lute-string, is of the thickness of a goose- quill, which lies double within his mouth, and can be suddenly darted out to the length of two feet, he imbibes a great number of these little insects at once, especially when he finds them about the roots of trees : but their hills, it is acknowledged, are of a consistence too strong to be penetrated by their enemy.